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“I wear a baseball cap every day, a T-shirt and a backpack because my computer is in it, so I took those pieces from my wardrobe and interpreted them for women,” Binitie said.

Binitie is a young designer who has worked for famed British designer Stella McCartney. He sells his designs in London, New York and Lagos.

“We do everything in London, but we are a global brand,” he said.



New York-based designer Loza Maleombho debuted a collection that draws from the nomadic Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert and Afghan traditional wear. She brought another twist by using popular West African fabrics such as the colorful Ghanaian woven cloth known as kente and the ankara print fabric popular in Nigeria.

It was an eclectic and wearable collection of browns and blues that reflected the young designer’s own cultural mix.

“My inspiration is to mix different cultures, because that was how I was brought up,” said Maleombho, who was born in Brazil, raised in Ivory Coast and later moved to New York.



Ozwald Boateng, a British couturier born to Ghanaian parents, was the main attraction for those attending the event. He presented a collection inspired by a trip he made to Japan in 1990, while he was still making his name in fashion.

“It’s a traditional English look, with a Japanese inspiration,” he said.

Male models wearing the designs walked in dim lighting that dramatized the mostly black-and-white collection of a designer who has been called the “peacock” of British haute couture for his generous use of color in the past. Still, the feel was very modern and strongly masculine.

Color did make an appearance in some pieces. At the end of this finale show, the crowd gave a standing ovation when Boateng himself appeared on the runway in a royal green suit, canary yellow shirt and black tie with a matching straw. He walked the U-shaped runway, dancing at the end of his walk, to applause and cheers.

Boateng, the first black tailor to move to London’s prestigious Savile Row area back in 1995, said he makes clothes for the man who wants his clothes to communicate who he is.

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